Massachusetts regulations state that "residency is not acquired by mere physical presence in Massachusetts while the person is enrolled in an institution of higher education."
To be reclassified as a resident, an enrolled student must live in Massachusetts as a "traditional resident" (not a student) for approximately 12 months immediately preceding his/her enrollment or re-enrollment to attend UMass Dartmouth. Exceptions to these requirements are listed on the Residency Reclassification Worksheet (see below).
Applicants are responsible for submitting all documentation to support a residency reclassification claim. The final decision will be based solely on the submitted documentation.
To request classification as a resident
Complete the following forms:
- Residency classification worksheet (PDF)
- In-state tuition eligibility form (PDF)
- Residency reclassification cover sheet (PDF)
Submit the forms and required documentation to the Law Enrollment Center.